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#6554968 - 11/22/16 05:40 PM Checking Your Own Blood Pressure
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Does anybody check their own blood pressure manually with a sphygmomanometer and stethoscope?

Well over ten years ago I bought the best Omron electronic unit. Recently the numbers were a little higher and the motor sounded funny. I changed the batteries and got better numbers. Then I decided this was too important to depend on the old unit. I started researching them and found that even the best ones can be way off.

I watched a few YouTube videos on how to do this manually and found it looks surprisingly easy. Do any of you know if there is any reason you can't check your own BP manually?

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#6555335 - 11/22/16 10:47 PM Re: Checking Your Own Blood Pressure [Re: DannyB]
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The home machines seem to be hit or miss, & get worse w/age. There's no reason you can't check your own. The key to it is getting the right cuff & a decent stethoscope.
Stethoscope - Littmann
Cuff- one that has the thin metal bar that holds/helps you tighten the cuff. I believe it's called a d bar cuff. Here's a link for visual only. I'm sure this one is crap so just use it as an idea of what to look for:
https://www.activeforever.com/blood-pressure-cuff-and-stethoscope-kit
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#6555677 - 11/23/16 09:49 AM Re: Checking Your Own Blood Pressure [Re: DannyB]
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After posting that I found another link at the Mayo Clinic on the subject. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condi...re/vid-20084748

I think that is the route I will take. It looks too easy and more reliable than a home machine.

Thanks for the feedback!

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#6571673 - 12/04/16 07:47 PM Re: Checking Your Own Blood Pressure [Re: DannyB]
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I use the ones in the stores. They work fine until a hot chick walks by.
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#6572000 - 12/05/16 01:36 AM Re: Checking Your Own Blood Pressure [Re: DannyB]
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I have 2 home use units, they give different results. Usually within a reasonable range, but every so often one goes wacko. Even at the Doctors office there has been differences between their high dollar machines and the hand pump and stethoscope. It is also important that you sit at rest for 10 minutes before you run the machine, too soon and you will get an elevated rate.
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#6573827 - 12/05/16 10:47 PM Re: Checking Your Own Blood Pressure [Re: DannyB]
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I trust a manual blood pressure check over the $40K LifePak machines we use @ work.
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#6573842 - 12/05/16 11:04 PM Re: Checking Your Own Blood Pressure [Re: LFD2037]
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Originally Posted By: LFD2037
I trust a manual blood pressure check over the $40K LifePak machines we use @ work.


Same here, I agree, but though I have checked mine manually several times without a hitch, I admit at home I use an automatic one on my wrist. It is a little off from manual, but consistent enough that I would know if I was having a problem or needed a change in BP meds. Can't remember the brand name, but I paid well over $100 for it 4 or 5 years ago when I was recovering from then flesh eating disease and still working well. You can always take yours to your local fire station and have one of the firefighters check it against a manual check for you. Some we have checked have been way off. Manual is always best.
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#6575129 - 12/06/16 06:26 PM Re: Checking Your Own Blood Pressure [Re: DannyB]
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My Omron Hem 637 wrist rocket sits on the right hand side of my desk, well within reach. Older unit that has worked well for me for a long time. Just keep the battery changed regularly and it's not far off any of the Doc's Office readings.

I go by a very irregular schedule of checking the BP..but trust this one to tattletale me into hitting the pill bottle when I get too busy to remember to keep on the regular schedules with the magic pills. 4 Stents and a near miss'll do that for you.
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